December 30th / 2022

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

1999 – George Harrison is stabbed in the chest when an intruder breaks into his home in Henley-on-Thames. Wife Olivia fights the attacker off by hitting him over the head with a lamp.
Celebrity : birthdays
Jeff Lynne, singer-songwriter/producer (ELO) 75; Tracy Ullman, actress, 63; Jay Kay, singer-songwriter (Jamiroquai) 53; Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) keyboards (Faithless) 52; Tiger (Eldrick) Woods, golfer, 47; Eliza Dushku, actress, 42; Kristin Kreuk, actress, 40; Ellie Goulding, singer-songwriter, 36; Caity (Caitlin) Lotz, actress, 36.

What : day is it

December 30th is Bacon Day and National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.
This day : in history

1958 – Fidel Castro’s Cuban rebels edge closer to Havana in a bid to overthrow the military regime of President Batista.

1965 – Ferdinand Marcos is inaugurated as President of the Philippines.

1967 – Songwriter Bert Berns dies of Heart failure aged 38.

1968 – Frank Sinatra record “My Way”, a French melody with English lyrics by Paul Anka.

1969 – Peter Tork quits The Monkees, buying himself out of his contract which leaves him broke.

1970 – Boxer Sonny Liston dies aged 40.

1972 – US President Richard Nixon halts the bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.

1974 – The Beatles partnership is legally disbanded.

1979 – Composer Richard Rodgers dies aged 77.

1994 – Two women are shot dead when a gunman opens fire at two neighbouring abortion clinics in a suburb of Boston.

1999 – George Harrison is stabbed in the chest when an intruder breaks into his home in Henley-on-Thames. Wife Olivia fights the attacker off by hitting him over the head with a lamp.

2002 – Singer Diana Ross is arrested for drink driving in Tuscon, Arizona.

2004 – Bandleader Artie Shaw (Arthur Arshawsky) dies aged 94.

2006 – Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is hanged aged 69.

2011 – Actor David Tennant marries actress Georgia Moffett, the daughter of another former Doctor Who, Peter Davison.

2014 – Actress Luise Rainer dies aged 104.

2016 – Alan Williams, The Beatles’ first manager, dies aged 86. On the same day, Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood.

2018 – Singer Miley Cyrus marries actor Liam Hemsworth.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

A group of Swans (at rest) is called a Bevy or Bank or Herd. A group of Swans (in flight) is called a Wedge or Flight. 

In 2011, a copy of Action Comics No 1 (the first comic featuring Superman) was found in an abandoned storage unit, estimated to be worth over $1 million. The comic actually belonged to Nicholas Cage, who had it stolen from his house 11 years earlier, and was returned to him.

The names Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint sound more made-up than Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.

Robert Stack (original host of the popular Unsolved Mysteries television show) was extremely skeptical about the segments involving paranormal occurrences. While recording his famous narrations, he would often turn to his producer in between takes and exclaim: “Oh, come on, Raymond!”

A group of Tasks is an Agenda.

In 1910, a series of books were published featuring a fictional boy-inventor by the name of Tom Swift. One of these books was titled “Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle.” Many years later, this led to the naming of the TASER that police now carry: “Tom A. Swift Electric Rifle”

If you do something which you are sure will meet with everyone’s approval, somebody won’t like it.

In 458 BC Roman farmer Lucius Cincinnatus was named absolute dictator of Rome during a crisis. After achieving victory he resigned and returned power to the senate.

His resignation of absolute authority is often cited as an example of outstanding leadership, serving the greater good and civic virtue.

Birthday : quotes

I thank you in advance for the great round of applause I’m about to get. – Bo Diddley

I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob. – Bo Diddley

Don’t let your mouth write a check that your tail can’t cash. – Bo Diddley

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